It is extremely important to respond to the census with an accurate account of who is residing in your home. The 2020 Census will help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to communites for the next ten years, which accounts for a large portion of a person's childhood. This funding effects programs such as health insurance, hospitals, child care, schools, food assistance and early childhood development. In the 2010 Census, children under the age of 5 had the highest undercount of any age group. Young children who are often missed tend to live with:
- Foster families
- Multiple families
- People who are not related to them.
- Grandparents, single parents or young adults.
- Individuals with limited ability to speak English.
- Renters or people who have moved.
- Parents or guardians with lower incomes or without a permanent home.
To help ensure our young children receive all the support they can get, ensure to do the following when completing the 2020 Census:
- Count children in the home where they live and sleep most of the time, even it their parent doesn't live there. Children include newborns, infants, step-children, adopted children and foster children.
- If a child's time is divided between more than one home, count them where they stay most often. If their time is equally divided, or you don't stay where they stay most often, count them where they are staying on Census Day- April 1, 2020.
- If a child's family or guardian is moving during March or April of 2020, count them at the address where they are living on April 1, 2020.
- Count children in your home if they don't have a permanent place to live and are staying in your home on April 1, 2020 -even if they are only staying with you temporarily.
- Count newborn babies at home where they will live and sleep most of the time, even if they are still in the hospital on April 1, 2020. Do not count babies born after April 1, 2020.
For more information on the 2020 Census and how you can help, visit the websites, social media pages and related documents listed below.
2020 Census Information Sheet Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census